Minkyu Lee’s Oscar-nominated short represents a fusion of two distinct ideas — the Biblical story of Adam and Eve, and a National Geographic article that Lee had read about how dogs evolved from wolves and came to befriend mankind. Explaining the, ahem, genesis of the piece, Lee told one interviewer, “At that time, I was in the film directing program at Cal Arts. During a writing workshop, while doing some writing exercises, that article came to mind. It made me think about the origin of dogs and because of my faith, I immediately thought of the story of Genesis.”
All told, it took Minyu almost three years to complete Adam and Dog, as he was simultaneously employed by Disney. He could only pursue this personal project on nights and weekends, while spending his weekdays as an animator on Winnie the Pooh and character designer on Wreck-It Ralph.